Bulls look for Terex to do heavy lifting
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optionMONSTER's tracking systems detected buying in the August 18 calls for $1.80, with more than 2,500 changing hands against open interest of 208 contracts. About 3,100 August 19 calls were also purchased, mostly for $1.30.
Those calls lock in the price investors must pay for shares in the company, which produces cranes and heavy trucks. These options can generate significant leverage in the event of a rally but will lose all or most of their value if the stock doesn't move higher. (See our Education section)
TEX rose 8.07 percent to $18.62 on Tuesday. Earnings have beaten estimates for the last three quarters, and the stock doubled in value earlier this year before retreating in April and May.
The next financial-release date hasn't been announced yet, but last year's timing suggests that it will occur later this month. Tuesday's call buyers are apparently looking for the stock to run higher into the news.
Overall option volume was quadruple the daily average, with calls outnumbering puts by more than 4 to 1. Terex also drew bullish activity on June 27.
(A version of this post appeared on InsideOptions Pro on Tuesday.)